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Old 02-01-2002, 08:12 PM   #1
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Question Desktop Icons Gone....


Booted today and the desktop Icons in GNOME are gone, like Trash, Home...

Also, Help(?) won't come up. The hard drive runs, but nothing comes up. Everything else seems to be ok. I looked through all the setup programs, but I don't know enough to know where to find the problem.

I switch to KDE and it's fine. But, I don't like the fact that GNOME is not setup right. Need to figure this out!

Any Help?


Old 02-01-2002, 09:23 PM   #2
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sounds like an easy solution to this one. it might help if you could tell us which version of gnome and also which distro of linux you are using.

As a guess i would say gnome is no longer loading a file manager.

The easiest way to fix this is as follows. open the gnome control centre, and find the bit where it mentions startup programs. you need to load the gnome file manager (i think the command is gmc but im not sure as i use kde )

now restart gnome.

If it doesnt work, try logging in as another user. if it works ok then it means the options for the particular user are bad

delete them but loggin in as the problem user and opening a terminal.
type the following:
rm -rf ~/.gnome*

Then restart gnome by logging out and back in. you may need to fix up a few things for which the options will have been reset but otherwise it will be working.

If this doesnt work then i would say the issue is more complex and serious and more fundamental.

Last edited by SlCKB0Y; 02-01-2002 at 09:47 PM.
Old 09-21-2003, 05:09 AM   #3
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You have probally fixed the problem, or just given up...! but i found this on google, and just wanted to fill out the hole!

Just remove the /home/USER/.gnome/session file!

Some gnome versions (old ones (don't know exatly)) have a bug there save some dirty stuff to the session file.... Remove and the problem are fixed!

Gnome generate a new file next time it's needed!


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